Satpal Ram

Today’s Independent reveals that prisoner and cause celebre Satpal Ram is just days away from finding out if his conviction for the 1986 killing of Clarke Pearce will be returned to the Court Of Appeal. Ram, who has always claimed that he was defending himself in the face of a racist attack, has garnered support from a wide range of sources, including The National Civil Rights Movement, musicians Asian Dub Foundation, Apache Indian, Chumbawamba and Primal Scream, plus poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Ram’s solicitor, Gareth Pierce, who also represented The Birmingham Six and The Guildford Four, says “What is now available could have and should have been found at the time. It is what a jury needed to know to … find him not guilty of murder.”